Fall sweater weather is here and winter not far behind. Your seasonal focus will naturally change from staying cool to keeping warm and cozy at home. Not only are sweaters coming out to keep folks warm but so are portable space heaters. That brings safety concerns, including the risk of starting a home fire. On top of that, using a portable electric space heater can be one of the most expensive ways to heat your home with electric heat costing about five times as much as natural gas.
Air sealing is the most efficient way to keep your home warm during the cold months. If your home is properly air sealed, you should not need to use space heaters. Focus on Energy provides rebates for air sealing and insulation work, and you can hire a Focus on Energy Trade Ally to make the project easier. However, if you still plan to use a portable space heater, stay safe with this easy-to-follow checklist.
Keeping your home warm is important but keeping it safe is paramount. To learn about other ways to keep your home warm, how to lower your energy costs, and how you can live more efficiently, visit focusonenergy.com/wholehome.